Chemistry Newsletter - 01/18/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 3 January 18th, 2005

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

2/8/05

3/8/05

4/12/05

5/10/05

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

1/25/05

2/15/05

3/1/05

3/15/05

4/5/05

4/19/05

5/3/05

5/17/05

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, January 18th, 2005 - Special Functional Organic Materials Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Faculty Candidate Lara Estroff, Harvard. “Examples of Multivalency in Biology: Antibodies and Crystal Growth.”

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Thursday, January 20th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephanie Dekeyser, Li Group. “Mass Spectral Characterization of a Developing Neural Circuit”

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Monday, January 24th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Arthur E. Johnson. “Maintenance of Membrane Integrity by Ribosomes, Translocons and BiP During Protein Trafficking at the ER”

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tobin Sosnick, University of Chicago. “Protein Folding Pathways Discerned Using ψ-Analysis and Other Methods”

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Brian Stoltz, California Institute of Technology. “Complex Natural Products as a Driving Force for Discovery on Organic Chemistry”

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Thursday, January 27th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Grimm, Lee Group.

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Thursday, January 27th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Neil Kelleher, University of Illinois. “Reading the Post-Translational Codes of Biology Using Tandem Mass Spectrometry of High Mass Ions”

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Monday, January 31tst, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Talks by Yuehui He, Shelly Lusetti and Brian Miler. “Recipients of the Boyer Postdoctoral Excellence Award in Biochemistry”

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/spring2005.html.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Kersteen EA. Higgin JJ. Raines RT.

Production of human prolyl 4-hydroxylase in Escherichia coli.

Protein Expression & Purification. 38(2):279-291, 2004 Dec.

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Fixman M. Yu H. Lipson JEG.

Wafter Hugo Stockmayer - Obituary.

Physics Today. 57(12):84, 2004 Dec.

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Guzei IA. Czerwinski CJ.

(eta(6)-biphenyl)tricarbonylchromium and mu-(eta(6):eta(6))-biphenyl-bis(tricarbonylchromium).

Acta Crystallographica - Section C - Crystal Structure Communications. 60(Part 12):M615-M617, 2004 Dec.

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Brewer M. James CA. Rich DH.

Synthesis of a tripeptide derivative containing the Gln-Arg hydroxyethylene dipeptide isostere.

Organic Letters. 6(25):4779-4782, 2004 Dec 9.

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Haug BE. Rich DH.

Synthesis of a Gln-Phe hydroxy-ethylene dipeptide isostere.

Organic Letters. 6(25):4783-4786, 2004 Dec 9.

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Elles CG. Cox MJ. Barnes GL. Crim FF.

Recombination and reaction dynamics following photodissociation of CH3OCl in solution.

Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 108(50):10973-10979, 2004 Dec 16.

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Hill NJ. West R.

Recent developments in the chemistry of stable silylenes [Review].

Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 689(24 Special Issue SI):4165-4183, 2004 Nov 29.

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Jenkins CL. Lin GL. Duo JQ. Rapolu D. Guzei IA. Raines RT. Krow GR.

Substituted 2-azabicyclo[2.1.1]hexanes as constrained proline analogues: Implications for collagen stability.

Journal of Organic Chemistry. 69(25):8565-8573, 2004 Dec 10.

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Grimm JB. Lee D.

Efficient synthesis of alkynylsilyl ethers and silaketals via base-induced alkynylsilane alcoholysis.

Journal of Organic Chemistry. 69(25):8967-8970, 2004 Dec 10.

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Asbury JB. Steinel T. Kwak K. Corcelli SA. Lawrence CP. Skinner JL. Fayer MD.

Dynamics of water probed with vibrational echo correlation spectroscopy.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 121(24):12431-12446, 2004 Dec 22.

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Rehill B. Clauss A. Wieczorek L. Whitham T. Lindroth R.

Foliar phenolic glycosides from Populus fremontii, Populus angustifolia, and their hybrids.

Biochemical Systematics and Ecology. 33(2):125-131, 2005 Jan

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An Invitation to Participate in Science Is Fun Presentations

The Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy invites undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, academic staff, and faculty to participate in Science is Fun presentations during the 2005 spring semester. Science Is Fun Presentations are offered both on and off campus to a wide variety of audiences including students, teachers, parents, and members of the community at large. Presenters will gain experience in the safe and proper presentation of science demonstrations in school settings, shopping malls, and other public venues. New presenters will join an experienced staff who enjoy doing demonstrations and who continue to develop the art of presenting a science demonstration. Training will involve: learning scientific principles and phenomena, prior preparation to public presentation, developing skills for connecting with different audiences, mastering safety practices, and proper staging and displaying demonstrations. Presenters will become comfortable in genuinely sharing their personal joy and fun in doing science. In addition, anyone interested in checking out and/or researching new demonstrations will be welcomed. Weekly sessions will be held most likely from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. The first meeting of the semester will be at 3:30 p.m., Friday, January 21, 2005 in Room B371 Chemistry. Undergraduate students may elect to register for credit in directed (Chemistry 299) or independent study (Chemistry 699). Graduate students may elect to receive seminar credit (Chemistry 901-The Teaching of Chemistry) or research credit (Chemistry 991) based on interest and consent of instructor. For further information and to sign up for the Spring 2005 semester please e-mail Mr. Paul Ellison (paellison@wisc.edu). Thank you.

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Indiana Biosensor Symposium

 

The symposiums goals and topics are: Create awareness of Indiana Biosensor assets; Educate in areas of tech transfer, IP protection, patent conversion, and new business formation; Discuss various startup financing options including non-dilutive and venture capital; Foster collaboration among universities, corporate industry and the entrepreneurial community. April 6, 2005, IUPUI University Conference Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Reminder- REU Deadline Is Fast Approaching- February 11!!

The Eleventh Annual National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is currently accepting applications from qualified undergraduates. The eight-week internship is available to registered undergraduate science and engineering majors at one of three NHMFL sites. A generous stipend, housing allowance, and travel support are offered to those accepted. Students work closely with a faculty mentor becoming fully integrated into the science and engineering activities of the laboratory during their internships. To support their research, students are expected to attend lectures, seminars, and workshops facilitated by the Center for Integrating Research and Learning, which represents educational programs at the NHMFL. The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) is one of only nine facilities of its kind in the world. The 3-campus laboratory is supported by the National Science Foundation and the State of Florida and is operated by Florida State University (FSU), the University of Florida (UF), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) with distinguished faculty and world-class facilities at all three sites. The research facilities offer users from around the world unprecedented opportunities to explore science at the extremes of magnetic field, pressure, and temperature. Please post this information where undergraduates at your institution can access it. Students can submit applications and acceptance criteria at: http://reu.magnet.fsu.edu. If students do not have easy access to this process, please let me know and a print copy of the application will be mailed. If you have any other questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact me. Gina LaFrazza, Assistant Director, Center for Integrating Research and Learning, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 1800 East Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310, 850-645-0033, 850-644-5818 (fax), web: http://education.magnet.fsu.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Joseph Wang, Ph.D., President of Synder Filtration, Inc., located in Vacaville, CA. Our company was established in 1989. We are a manufacturing company, producing ultrafiltration membranes, filters and filtration systems mainly for dairy, food, biotechnology and electro-coating industries. Recently we established another venture, Syntech Foods, Inc. The mission of this company is to produce value-added agriculture products and market globally. This company is acquiring a closed cheese plant (36,000 sf) in Hillsboro, WI. We expect by early March Syntech Foods will start operation in this Hillsboro plant producing functional foods. The reason we choose WI for this business is because WI has abundant agriculture products and pro-industry climate. We have an opening for a chemist/scientist with Ph.D. degree to conduct research projects in this facility and UW is our top choice. Candidate required: A post-doctor in analytical chemistry, preferably with training or experience in protein/amino/peptode acid chemistry; Self-motivated and a good team player; Willing to relocate or commute to Hillsboro; Available by early March, 2005. Please send me a resume to my email address as soon as possible. We will conduct an interview in late February. We offer competitive salary and benefit. Please contact: Joseph Wang, Ph.D., President, Synder Filtration, Inc., 4941 Allison Parkway, Vacaville, CA, Tel: 707-451-6060, Fax: 707-451-6064, E-mail: jwang@synderfiltration.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Assistant professor (tenure track) position in physical or analytical chemistry. York College is a senior college of The City University of New York. It is an urban, liberal arts institution with science major programs in chemistry, biology, biotechnology, physics, and geology. In addition, the College offers professional programs in several areas, including health sciences, business and accounting. Located near public transportation in Queens, New York , the modern campus opened in 1986. The current enrollment of 5,900 includes about 50 undergraduate chemistry/biochemistry majors. A high percentage of our majors have gone on to graduate and medical studies. The chemistry/biochemistry research facilities at the College are excellent. Research instrumentation includes a 400 MHz NMR (Varian INOVA), spectrofluorometers, phosphoimager, nucleic acid sequencer, several HPLCs, GC, GC/MS, circular dichroism spectrometer, peptide and nucleic acid synthesizers, ultracentrifuge, thermal cyclers, and a full range of spectroscopic, electrophoretic and photochemical equipment; we also posses a cold room and a glass/mechanical shop. Our computer equipment includes one Sun and three SGI workstations, as well as the usual PCs, and HyperChem and Accelrys Insight II molecular modeling software. Several faculty members are supported by external funding (such as NIH, ACS-PRF etc.) that facilitates research by permitting employment of postdoctoral associates and laboratory technicians. City University also provides generous financial support through the Faculty Research Assistance Program. A measure of York's strength in science is the recent decision of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to relocate its Northeast Regional Laboratory to the College's campus. This new facility, opened in 2000, provides collaborative opportunities for our faculty and internships for our science majors. The chemistry position at York College, CUNY, offers an excellent opportunity for a chemist who is genuinely committed to undergraduate education. The successful candidate will join a collegial faculty and have teaching responsibilities in physical chemistry, instrumental analysis, general chemistry and advanced electives. The maintenance of an active research program and the involvement of undergraduates in research is essential. Please inform qualified postdoctoral associates in your department of this opening. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at: Lynne Richards, Chair of the Chemistry Search Committee, Jamaica, New York 11451, Office Phone: (718) 262-2661, Fax:(718)-262-2652, E-mail: richards@york.cuny.edu.

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Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia. The Department of Chemistry and Geology invites applications from individuals with a Doctorate in Chemistry Education or Chemistry who will teach Survey of Chemistry and labs in a full time, tenure track appointment at an institution whose mission statement indicates "Science Education" as an area of special emphasis. We are looking for someone who will innovate within the context of core science, will indicate a commitment to the importance of the lab experience in science education, will communicate effectively with students, will interact effectively with our College of Education in the area of Science Education and will be a model for future teachers. The full job description may be found at the following url: http://aa.colstate.edu/positions/queryid.asp?ID=386.

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Applications are invited for a full-time one-year temporary position in the Carleton College Chemistry Department starting September 1, 2005. We seek chemists who are strongly committed to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts environment. A completed Ph.D. in Chemistry is preferred, however, candidates with a Ph.D. degree very near completion will also be considered. Teaching duties will include two or more offerings of Introductory Chemistry with an option for an upper-level course in physical, analytical, or a related field of chemistry. Send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to: Steven Drew, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Carleton College, One North College St., Northfield, MN 55057-4025. Please do not submit applications electronically. Applications completed by February 1, 2005 will receive the fullest consideration.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Professor Keith Woo of Iowa State University has an opening for a postdoctoral position in his group which he hopes to fill soon. The position requires a strong background in synthetic inorganic/organometallic chemistry and spectroscopic techniques. Research projects include catalysis (oxidation, cyclopropanation, dechlorination, etc.) and supramolecular assemblies. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vita and arrange to have three reference letters sent to me. I can be contacted at kwoo@iastate.edu for further information. The appointment will be for one year with the possibility of renewal, pending funding and mutual agreement. The position includes full benefits and is available immediately. Interested applicants should feel free to contact me directly by E-mail or phone. Professor Keith Woo, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, (515) 294-5854 (voice), (515) 294-9623 (fax).

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